Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area website. At BIANBA we provide support, information and assistance to those living with a brain injury and their families.
BIANBA is a local non-profit association, and we are a Registered Charity (# 85712 6148 RR0001). We consist of eight volunteer Board members, and one Peer Support Coordinator. BIANBA receives no funding from our regional Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). We are totally reliant on donations, fundraising activities, and proceeds from memberships to provide much needed support in our communities.
BIANBA is proud to be an affiliate of the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), and we encourage people in our area to purchase a "dual membership" that allows members to take advantage of opportunities offered by both OBIA and BIANBA. Click on this link to get more information about dual memberships, and to complete the online application form. OBIA Dual Membership
What's happening with BIANBA:
The theme for Brain Injury Awareness Month in June 2018 is "Unmasking Brain Injury". BIANBA is pleased to be participating in this powerful initiative with the Ontario Brain Injury Association and other participating community associations and partners across the Province of Ontario!
On June 1, 2018, BIANBA and other community brain injury associations will be displaying the masks that have been created by brain injury survivors. Brain injuries are hidden disabilities, and these masks will provide survivors with a way of communicating to others what it is like to live with a brain injury.
BIANBA will be hosting several workshops for survivors who are interested in creating a mask. Click here to view our Unmasking Brain Injury poster and to get more information about workshop dates, times and locations. The workshops are free of charge and all materials are provided.
Join the movement! Together we can increase awareness and provide a voice for those living with acquired brain injuries.
November 1-3 2017
The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) in collaboration with the participating Community Associations is pleased to announce the 2017 Acquired Brain Injury Provincial Conference being held on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2017 in Niagara Falls.
The Conference theme is: Making A Difference
We anticipate an audience of 600 professionals representing a variety of disciplines as well as persons living with the effects of brain injury, family members and caregivers.
The conference curriculum will appeal to ABI rehabilitation professionals such as Case Managers, Legal Professionals, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Researchers, Speech and Language Pathologists and persons living with the effects of ABI.
The main conference includes 2 days of multi-disciplinary educational sessions as well as distinguished keynote speakers.
June 14, 2017
BIANBA will be hosting our SociABIlity Fundraising Dinner at Tiny Italy in Callander! Join us for an evening of fantastic food and fundraising. We will have a silent auction and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening for ABI Trivia. Tickets are $50 per person. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
For more information, or to order tickets online, visit our event page. Online orders must be paid by credit card. You can also order tickets (paid by cash or credit card) by calling 705-840-8882.
June 12, 2017
BIANBA would like to thank the Stantec Consulting office in North Bay for donating 4 reception chairs, a task chair and 2 whiteboards for use in our new office! Their contribution is greatly appreciated!
June 5, 2017
BIANBA is pleased to announce that we will begin to work more closely with Nipissing Mental Health Housing and Support Services (NMHHSS). NMHHSS currently provides some limited ABI services, including ABI specific housing, and we look forward to developing this partnership by adding our voice where appropriate.
BIANBA is also pleased to announce that we have a new office! We are now located at 101 Worthington Street East, Suite 432. Our new office is in the same building as NMHHSS, and working in close proximity with them will facilitate our partnership moving forward.
Beginning Monday June 5th, our office will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm. We also have a new phone number for the office: 705-478-8664. Teena Curtiss will continue to answer our previous phone number (705-840-8882), and she will continue to use this number for the Peer Support Program.
Please feel free to drop in at our new location!
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain Injury Can Happen to Anyone
For Immediate Release
TORONTO, June 1, 2017 - More than one million
people in Canada are living with a brain injury, and that number increases
daily. In Ontario almost 45,000 people will sustain a brain injury this year.
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, brain injury
associations across the country are putting a face to this epidemic through posters, events, and social media, #IamTheFaceofBrainInjury and #BIAM17.
Hailey Harms is one of those faces. When Hailey was 16 years old, her competitive skating career was cut short after she sustained numerous concussions. Doctors told her she would never be able to skate again. The risk of a more serious brain injury and severe consequences was just too great. Hailey’s hopes and dreams for a skating career were crushed.
When asked what she would like the public to know about brain injury, 19 year old Hailey stated, “That it can happen to absolutely anybody, your neighbour, your mother, your daughter. All ages. Anyone.”
Brain injury came close to Hailey again, when her
high school friend, Evan, sustained a severe brain injury through a motor
vehicle collison. When Hailey escorted Evan to his 2014 high school graduation,
he was heading to university to study engineering. Three years have passed and
he is working very hard to regain his ability to talk and walk. He dreams of
returning to university and engineering, but his future is unclear.
Two talented young people from the same
community. Two brain injuries. Different causes. Different experiences.
“Brain injuries can range from mild to catastrophic, but all brain injuries can have lasting effects,” said Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director of OBIA. Lives are changed in an instant. Hopes and dreams are often put on the back burner as is the case with Hailey and Evan.
Brain injury is 15 times more common than spinal
cord injury, 30 times more common than breast cancer and 400 times more common
than HIV aids. Brain injury is also the NUMBER ONE cause of death and
disability WORLDWIDE among children, youth and those under age 44.
For more information, contact:
Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area
March 6, 2017
BIANBA will be hosting our second Speaker Series Event on Monday, March 6, 2017. This event will take place in the auditorium of the North Bay Public Library. We have four survivors who will be speaking, and we will be sharing some BIANBA updates. We will also be introducing Virginia Hack, the OBIA North Eastern Ontario Advocacy Specialist, and she will speak for a couple of minutes about her role.
Doors will open at 5:30pm, and speeches will begin at 6:00pm. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
December 23, 2016
BIANBA would like to thank Knight Piesold and its employees for their generous donation! We are honoured to be one of the 17 local charities that employees chose to donate to, with Knight Piesold matching each donation. Your kindness will assist many in the North Bay area!
Pictured here is Tracey Poole (BIANBA), Jeff Merriman (Brain Injury Survivor), and Sheldon Richard (Knight Piesold employee).
December 5, 2016
The Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area will be hosting an evening in the auditorium at the North Bay Public Library on Monday December 5th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (doors will open at 6:30 pm). Brain injury survivors and caregivers will be sharing their stories in an effort to increase awareness, and several brain injury survivors will have tables set up to showcase their talents. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served after the speeches.
November 13, 2016
On November 13th the J.O.Y. Band held a concert at Trinity United Church, and graciously donated all the proceeds to the Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area. Thanks to the generosity of the audience, who donated through a "free will offering" on admission, $1200 was raised!
BIANBA wishes to thank the J.O.Y. Band and everyone who attended the concert for directing these funds to our cause, and for giving us the opportunity to speak about our Association.
The photo shows Betty Farris and Neil Kennedy, directors of the J.O.Y. Band, presenting a cheque to Tracey Poole, President of BIANBA.
November 4, 2016
The Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area ("BIANBA") is pleased to announce that we have entered into a collaborative agreement with People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health - Nipissing ("PEP"). The purpose of this new relationship is to allow BIANBA and PEP to learn from each other on an administrative level, and to provide our respective members with increased services and educational opportunities.
In the near future, BIANBA will begin sharing information with our members regarding new offerings that are a direct result of this agreement. We are looking forward to working with PEP to nurture this mutually beneficial relationship!